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on this saturday night. new years on edge. the country and the world say farewell to 2016 with unprecedented security highlighting the dangers we still face as a new year begins. attacking the grid. an apparent new hacking attempt by the russians. this one targeting a public utility system and exposing a broader threat. trump's enemies. he talks of unity but tweets something else. donald trump calls out his opponents 20 days before he takes office. calming influence. in stressful times, exercising the mind with meditation and how more and more are being guided by their smartphones. and new year's dreams. we'll hear about their favorite moments of 2016, and what they hope for in the new year. nightly news
begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz balart. good evening. i'm peter alexander in for jose. new year's festivities are well underway across the globe. here in the u.s. as the clock ticks down to midnight, americans are preparing to ring in 2017 surrounded by beefed up security. police are out in force in the wakes of attacks from brussels to berlin even employing physical barriers like giant sand trucks to protect crowds. millions are expecting to watch the ball drop in times square. that's where we begin with nbc's ann thompson. >> reporter: a dazzling start to 2017. amid reminders of the ever-present danger. new york preparing with a record 7,000 officers in times square. how confident are you that you can keep all of these people safe? >> i'm extremely
confident. we are so well prepared to do this, this is something that the nypd does so well. >> reporter: people already waiting for hours. >> it's been on my bucket list since i was little. >> reporter: among the first sell branlts in the global party sydney, australia. fireworks illuminating the harbor bridge. the city's biggest display ever. hong kong, dubai, moscow lightening up their skies. ♪ in tokyo capturing the moment in a sea of selfie sticks. this year, concrete vehicles and heavy barriers are placed to block truck attacks. the carnage in nice in july and berlin two weeks ago. germany's capital flooded with extra police. in an unusual move, some carrying machine guns at the party near the brandon berg gate.
chance wi chancellor merkel calling islamic terrorism the test. there's the eternal of hope of peace. a more worldly atmosphere here in the city that never sleeps. tonight ready to party into the new year. and so far new york city officials say there is no direct terror threat to the expected 2 million people gathering here in times square to ring in 2017. peter? >> anne thompson, thank you. in chicago today an unfortunate reminder of the year that was. hundreds of people marched quietly on michigan avenue carrying crosses for each person killed in violence in that city this year. more than 760 people were victims of homicide compared to fewer than 500 last year. an organizer of today's march said the
violence won't end until everyone in chicago decides its their problem. there is a new front tonight in the hacking war between russia and the u.s. this one in vermont. it appears the russians may have tried a cyber attack on a power company in that state. it comes days after unprecedented moves by the obama administration to punish russia for hacking during the presidential campaign. we get more from nbc's chance nichols. dozens of russian officials boarding government planes. forced to leave the u.s. by midnight tonight. the retaliation for cyber attacks allegedly directed by moscow. now american authorities rushing to protect the national electric grid. russian malware found on a laptop at burlington electric. a utility with fewer than 2,000 customers. perhaps a target because of the size. >> that's the beauty of choosing a small utility. number one, it will have very limited security infrastructure. it's tied into the grid system.
>> reporter: the utility said it uncovered the virus before it could infect computers controlling the grid. we took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding. vermont's governor pointing the finger at the leader of russia. americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world's leading thugs, vladmir putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid. the discovery of the hack came after the department of homeland security on thursday warned operators of critical infrastructure to be on the look out for code used in grizzly step. what american officials call russia's cyber war campaign. the malware found on the burlington laptop bearing the unique russian signature. the infiltration raising concerns about the vulnerability of key systems. >> we've always understood there are vulnerabilities. now we understand that the russians have the capability to potentially exploit them. >> reporter: neither the russians nor the white house have publicly commented on the potential breach,
but a u.s. official telling nbc news that thursday night's analysis was shared for this very reason. to help private networks defend against malicious russian cyber activity. peter? >> hans nichols, thank you. 20 days before he takes office, a provocative new message today from president-elect donald trump who once again brought up his enemies and those who fought him and lost, as he put it. it was a trump-style new year's tweet. it came as the president-elect broke tradition in another way. nbc's kelley o'donnell is following it off fr -- all from florida. >> reporter: a trump helicopter buzzed overhead. a motor candidate rolled into donald trump's mansion in palm beach. after postings on social media revealed he made an unannounced exit spending several hours today at his juniper florida golf course. hours earlier trump began his holiday with a message on twitter. "happy new year to
all, including to my many enemies and those who fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. love." once again, striking a different tone than his call for unity election night. >> i say it is time for us to come together as one united people. [ cheers and applause ] it's time. >> the president elect demonstrating he won't follow convention with his twitter account or the media. he left without staff and press assigned to travel with him any time he's in public. a trump aid stated we weren't aware that the president-elect left home. don't anticipate any additional situation like this between now and inauguration. trump's team had agreed to follow this decades old practice intended as a safe guard so a president's wrashlts are known. trump will ring in 2017 as he did last
year. a family and ticketed bash at the mar lag go club. >> reporter: and the press pool left behind earlier today is going briefly to that party tonight for several hundred guests. it's not hosted directly by the trumps. when in public, the press pool is there so any president can connect with the american people immediately in a time of crisis. it's expected that the trumps will go back home to new york after their holiday here tomorrow. peter? >> kelly o'donnell, following the next president tonight. thank you. tomorrow morning on "meet the press" chuck todd takes a closer look at president-elect trump and his relationship with the media. in ohio, sad news tonight about the small plane that went missing over lake erie. it's now being recove recovery effort with no sign of the plane or the six people on board. nbc janet shamlian has the latest. >> reporter: dive teams couldn't enter the choppy water. authorities looking for wreckage and remains.
no chance of rescue for six people aboard a twin-engine cessna that crashed thursday night. >> we've done from the rescue into recovery. >> reporter: the jet single piloted by beverage company chief executive john flemming. passengers including his wife susan, teen sons jack and andrew, along with a neighbor and his daughter. the group headed home to columbus, ohio on a scheduled 40-minute flight after attending a cavaliers game. light snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour could have been the problem. >> conducted by u.s. coast guard, canadian coast guard and local assets by air, water, and along the shoreline. >> reporter: in washington state, the wreckage of another missing plane has been found. four dead after it crashed after takeoff from seattle. the cause still unknown.
janet shamlian nbc news. the u.s. strongly criticized israel this week for its policy of building new settlements on occupied lands. the palestinians see as part of their future homeland. the tough talk by the u.s. and israel is one thing, but to see just how complicated this issue is, kelley cobiella spent this week on the dividing lines. >> reporter: this is the dream neighborhood. a biblical home to the jewish people. and today an israeli settlement. >> it's the very cradle of jewish and israeli civilization, and if we don't have rights to live in el, we have rights to live nowhere. >> reporter: his home is in the west bank, on land that palestinians hope will be their future state. >> their identical twins. >> reporter: he chose to raise his seven kids here. to help secure israel's future. >> we are determined to remain here. >> reporter: the palestinians are just as adamant in their view this is their
land. >> anybody who knows even a little bit of modern history knows that the palestinian have absolutely no historic or legal or moral rights to this land. >> reporter: it's the reason many of the more than 500,000 settlers moved here to claim what they say is their ancestral land. >> it's my home. >> reporter: across the fence, the ahmad family. palestinians living here for generations. >> this land is for palestinians. the jews come here in 1940. >> reporter: the settlement once small and far away has expanded. right to their yard. >> the settlement is after this fence. >> reporter: they say settlers throw rocks, a molotov cocktail landed in their living room. do you feel safe here? >> no. my children are not safe. this is my home. my house. these are two of the boys. >> reporter: both families say they won't leave. both want peace but don't agree how to get there. and both wonder what a trump administration will do. >> i hope we can solve
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the scene in berlin a short time ago as the city rang in 2017. thousands of people watching the fireworks tonight. a reminder kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb will ring in the new year at 8:00/7:00 central on nbc. as a new year begins, many of us will make eating less and exercising more priorities. we'll see how it goes. as it turns out, some are trying to incorporate a calming effect into their lives through meditation, yes, there are apps for that. steve patterson has our report. >> reporter: with a new year upon us, gyms are swelling under the weight of new memberships, as millions resolve to build a better body. >> together let's take a long, slow deep breath in. >> reporter: lately, though, people like this are waking up to the idea that mindfulness matters as
much as mus. >> you don't have to bring spirituality to it. think of it as an exercise for your brain. >> i open a place like this because i was looking for it. >> reporter: she left life as a tv executive to find her own peace of mind. later founding a meditation studio in los angeles to help others do the same. >> i would say at the very least you're going feel relaxed. the most you'll feel change and your life will start turning in a positive way. i think most people are feeling that. >> reporter: a 2015 study found some form of meditation is practiced by at least 18 million americans. nipping at the heels of the nation's $16 billion yoga industry. >> it's a simple thing. you open up the app and press play and get guided through meditation sessions. >> reporter: >> reporter: richard pearson cofounded a smartphone app that teaches meditation. knowing that everyone can't visit a studio. >> we want it on your to-list every day. >> reporter: with $35
million in investment and 11 million users, head space is growing that proving he may be on to something. the on thing, you're on your phone all the time. >> yeah. >> reporter: something meditation is supposed to do is disconnect you. isn't it a little bit contract i are? >> the irony is not lost on us. it's where people are. it's sensible to meet people where they are rather than building something they can't fit in their lives. >> i wouldn't call it a fad. i would look at it more as a life skill. >> reporter: a promising path to inner peace. helping fight stress no matter where you go. >> that could be worth a try. coming up a fresh perspective on the year that was and the
as 2016 draws to a close, we've been following up on some of our most inspiring stories over the year. tonight a boy whose courage earned him a starring role in his favorite comic book. since we first met him, he's been busy just like a super hero helping others. how this little man is inspiring america. >> hi everybody! >> reporter: it's been quite a year for 6-year-old max leavy. super fan of comic books and now a super hero himself. >> yes!
>> reporter: we first hit met him in january after surgeons put a port in his chest for the medicine treating his hemophilia, a disease that prevents blood from clotting. >> his response i get to be iron man! >> we're here because that's where iron man has it but they had to put it in a certain spot so they had to put it here. >> reporter: that's okay. >> yeah. it is. >> reporter: when marvel comics heard about max, they wrote a story about him and called him iron max. how proud are you to be in the ironman copp -- comic book. >> proud. not just pretty proud. proud. >> reporter: he got the grand tour of marvel headquarters in new york. >> it was, like, a random kid who hemophilia. wears a helmet all the time. walking around. and then max a super hero in a comic book. it's actually changed me. >> reporter: it changed his family, too.
big sister zoe created a calendar. hearts for hemophilia raising more than $1,500 to help people like max. >> everyone coming up to us like max is a hero. that's what the year has been. it's incredible. >> i'm not really a super hero but people call me a super hero. i could be a super hero if i did more super heroish things. >> reporter: a little boy fightsing a disease and helping others sure sounds like the definition of a super hero to us. nbc news new york. >> way to go max. up next the new year, as we look at the scene tonight in beijing. we asked children here for their take on the year ending and the
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finally tonight with so many grown up issues confronting us the past year and challenging us in 2017, we wanted to get a different perspective, a more innocent view of the year that was and the year to come. so we sat down with some first and second graders at public school 261 in brooklyn. here they are in their own words. ♪ >> summer vacation. >> disney world. >> reading a lot of books. >> i went on a trip with my mommy. >> my favorite part of the year is being with my friends. ♪ >> i learned how to
swim. >> in 2016, i didn't know what six plus six was. it was tricky for me, so i learned that six plus six equals -- oh, i forget again. >> 12. >> yeah, 12. >> i learned how to tap dance. >> i learned something called karma and karma is basically pay back. like, if you're nice, you're going to get something nice to happen. and my mom dad get good karma parking. >> a new year's resolution is when you have a goal. >> sort of like you redeem yourself. >> a new year's resolution is something you really want to try to
accomplish. ♪ >> my resolution goal is to become an artist. >> to get a dog in 2017. [ laughter ] >> to stop fighting with my sister and play more piano. >> to stop biting my nails. >> to practice playing guitar and get better at it. >> something i want to do for other people is donate toys and books and clothes. ♪ >> i don't really know what that is. >> stop smoking. >> don't liter. >> it's important for people to be kind. >> maybe my sister should be kind to me because that's how it starts. >> that people can say nice words like i love you. >> treat people how you want to be treated. ♪
>> i wish for peace. >> to make a lot of friends. >> happiness. >> happiness. >> fun. >> joy. >> umm, i wish that all their dreams come true. ♪ happy new year! happy new year! happy new year! [ noise makers ] >> happy new year to you guys. simple, meaningful thoughts for the new year. before we go, we have an announcement for our viewers in new england. starting tomorrow, january 1st. there will be a new nbc station in boston. so if you're looking for nightly news or any other nbc programs, you'll find them on channel 10 on those cable providers in boston. again, that's starts tomorrow. new year's day. that's going do it for us on this saturday night. i'm peter alexander reporting from washington. from all of us here at
stories to tell. we're going to talk about the art of being a demon on special teams, and then we go off the field, and brian explains why it's so important to look good in front of the camera. we begin the show tonight with our goal to go feature on running back ryan mathews who has overcome some hardships in his past to make it to the nfl. it's an incredible story, and here it is. >> it was hard. i had him when i was 16, and for a small time, we lived in a car. we were homeless. that was a dark time in my life, i mean, he doesn't remember, but it was tough. i just decided one day, this is not how i'm going to live. i changed my life. i left that situation, and i went and got help, and got a job, and i got two jobs and at times i had three jobs. i worked and i provided for him, and we had a good life. >> it was hard. you know, i never had, like, a positive father figure, you know, that was arod